First paired kidney exchange transplant done in Singapore

Straite Times | Linette Lai

Ms Siti Rasyidah Lokman Hadan (front, right), her mother Noor Rafidah Nasir (front left) and the team behind Singapore's first living paired kidney exchange transplant.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

SINGAPORE - When doctors said that her daughter needed a new kidney, Madam Noor Rafidah Nasir immediately volunteered one of her own.

But then came the bad news - she and her daughter, Ms Siti Rasyidah Lokman Hadan, were not a match.

Ms Siti was put on dialysis while waiting for a donor, but time was running out. It was then that doctors put forth a novel proposal, known as a paired kidney exchange transplant.

Under this arrangement, a good Samaritan would donate his or her kidney to Ms Siti. In exchange, Madam Rafidah would give one of her own kidneys to someone on the national waiting list.

While this procedure has been approved since 2009, it has never been carried out due to the lack of a donor who is both willing and medically fit. Continue reading